America’s First Fan is ready for March Madness.
President Obama will attend his second college basketball game of the season next week, and this time he’s bringing a special guest: British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Obama is planning to take Cameron to a first-round game in the NCAA men’s tournament in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday, the White House said. The tournament brackets have not yet been selected, so there’s no telling which teams will be playing.
But it’s probably no coincidence that Ohio is a critical electoral swing state, and Obama will be arriving there just a week after Mitt Romney narrowly captured the state in the Republican presidential primary.
The Columbus Dispatch quotes an administration official as saying that the University of Dayton Arena, where the game will be played, “is steeped in basketball history, serving as the stage for many great tournament moments and as host to more Division I men’s games than any other arena in the country.”
Obama, a passionate basketball fan who has coached his daughter Sasha’s youth team, regularly selects his NCAA tournament bracket on ESPN. In 2009, he correctly predicted that the University of North Carolina would win the 68-team field.
Obama also took in a college game in November, when he watched North Carolina beat Michigan State in the Carrier Classic game honoring the military aboard the USS Carl Vinson warship near San Diego.
Cameron will be making an official visit to Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the upcoming NATO and G-8 summits and the security situation in Afghanistan and the Middle East.